Global Resources

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education:
AASHE empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation and enables its nearly 1,000 members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders.

Alignment between UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the STAR Community Framework:
STAR is the leading framework and certification program for measuring sustainability in the United States. Organizations that are looking to apply the SDGs to U.S. cities and counties could consider using the 500+ evaluation measures contained in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR) to track progress towards the SDG goal areas. The 17 SDGs offer an existing high-level framework that aligns closely with the 7 goals and 45 objectives in the STAR framework. Using this high-level framework may enable better collaboration between U.S. communities and global cities seeking alignment with the SDGs.

SDG Compass:
The SDG Compass provides guidance for companies on how they can align their strategies as well as measure and manage their contribution to the realization of the SDGs. Download the full SDG Compass PDF here.

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative:
HESI, a partnership between United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, United Nations Environment, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, United Nations University (UNU), UN-HABITAT, UNCTAD and UNITAR, was created in 2012 in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). With commitments from over 300 universities from around the world, HESI accounted for more than one-third of all the voluntary commitments that were launched at Rio+20. Through its strong association with the United Nations, HESI provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science, and policymaking.

New SDSN Guide: Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities
Universities and other higher education institutions have a critical role in helping society achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their research, learning and teaching, campus operations and leadership. One of the most important ways they can contribute to this is to support students and other learners within their sphere to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and mindsets to contribute to solving the complex sustainable development challenges our world faces.

Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities is a new guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) that aims to help universities, colleges, and tertiary and higher education institutions implement and mainstream this “Education for the SDGs” within their institutions.

Publication by UNU-IAS, featuring a number of outstanding climate education projects from across the Global RCE Network.
'Tackling Climate Action at the Local Level: Education for Sustainable Development Projects from the Global RCE Network' highlights the contributions that RCEs have made - with a focus on climate action - to implement the United Nations' SDGs through education at local and regional levels, during the period of the Global Action Program (GAP) on ESD from 2015-2019. The projects featured on this publication showcase examples of how global goals can be translated into local actions through education and training to respond to the climate crisis. The innovative solutions developed by RCEs demonstrate the importance of localized approaches when it comes to creating education programs, with RCEs well-positioned to understand all aspects given their multi-stakeholder model.

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